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Tips for Your March Madness Bracket

Some portion of everything you need to know!

(Newser) - Glance around your office, and odds are you'll see more than one person staring brow-furrowed at a March Madness bracket. Yes, the selection committee released its official bracket yesterday (you can download one here ), and that means it's time to identify Cinderellas, pick some 5-12 upsets, and/or... More »

Big East Loses Big Time

Upsets include No. 2 Notre Dame and No. 1 Pittsburgh

(Newser) - The Big East is the Big Least so far in this year's NCAA tournament, reports the New York Times . After a record-setting 11 Big East Conference teams qualified for the men's basketball tournament, now only two remain. “The results obviously aren’t what we were hoping for,” said... More »

Butler Stuns Top-Seed Pitt

Late free throw ruins a lot of brackets

(Newser) - With plenty of help from Pittsburgh, Butler found another way to pull off a stunning upset in the NCAA tournament. Matt Howard made one free throw with 0.8 seconds left to cap a wild final sequence, and No. 8 Butler shocked the top-seeded Panthers 71-70 tonight to advance to... More »

How Nate Silver Fills Out His NCAA Bracket

Famed political, baseball analyst winds up picking all the 1-seeds

(Newser) - Nate Silver is a famed political number-cruncher, and was once a revered baseball statistician. So when he goes to fill out his March Madness bracket, he doesn’t just pick whichever names sound good. Instead, the New York Times writer has analyzed data from all the tournament games dating back... More »

March Madness Expands to 68 Teams

CBS re-ups with new 14-year contract

(Newser) - March Madness will be just a wee bit madder next year, expanding from 65 teams to 68, the NCAA announced today. Essentially there will be three extra early “play-in” games, ESPN explains. There had been talk of expanding the tournament to as many as 96 teams and engulfing the... More »

Jennifer Hudson Tarnishes One Shining Moment

Tournament-ending video montage disappoints

(Newser) - CBS dropped the ball on the most eagerly awaited part of its NCAA basketball tournament coverage, critics agree. Hiring Jennifer Hudson—who isn't even a CBS recording artist—to sing "One Shining Moment" was one thing, but turning the wildly popular annual highlight montage into a Jennifer Hudson video... More »

Duke Reclaims National Crown

Blue Devils end Butler's run, win fourth title

(Newser) - Cinderella Butler took favored Duke to the wire tonight in the NCAA men's basketball championship game, but couldn't quite complete the voyage, with the Blue Devils holding on for a 61-59 victory after the Bulldogs' last chance clanged off the rim at the buzzer. It's the school's fourth title under... More »

President Schools Hoops Analyst in H-O-R-S-E

Retired Indiana Pacer Clark Kellogg of CBS lets down his guard

(Newser) - CBS basketball analyst Clark Kellogg knows pressure—he played for Ohio State and the Indiana Pacers before moving to the TV studio—but he appears to have let his guard down on the White House court. In a game of H-O-R-S-E—renamed P-O-T-U-S, a common abbreviation of "president of... More »

Duke Returns to Title Game

Blue Devils' 78-57 victory sends West Virginia packing

(Newser) - Duke moved within 40 minutes of its first national title in 9 years tonight, getting 23 points from Jon Scheyer to pull away from West Virginia, 78-57. Kyle Singler had 21 and Nolan Smith 19 for the Blue Devils, who squashed West Virginia's feel-good story and will now try to... More »

No. 1 Seed Duke Advances

Blue Devils eliminate Baylor to gain Final Four

(Newser) - Nolan Smith scored a career-high 29 points and top-seeded Duke used a big run late in the game to beat Baylor, 78-71, today in Houston. Duke, the lone No. 1 seed remaining in the tournament, will play in the national semis for the first time since 2004, against East Regional... More »

Michigan State Returns to Final Four

Tennessee heads home after Spartans pull out another squeaker, 70-69

(Newser) - Raymar Morgan made a free throw with 1.8 seconds left today in St. Louis, giving fifth-seeded Michigan State a 70-69 victory over sixth-seeded Tennessee and a spot in its second straight Final Four. The Vols' Scotty Hopson tied the game with a free throw with 11.2 seconds left,... More »

West Virginia Stuns Kentucky

Backup point guard Joe Mazzulla leads Mountaineers into Final FOur

(Newser) - It's almost heaven, West Virginia. Da'Sean Butler and the Mountaineers are off to the Final Four for the first time since 1959. Injury replacement Joe Mazzulla scored a career-high 17 points in his first start this season and No. 2 seed West Virginia handled a cold-shooting, top-seeded Kentucky team stocked... More »

Underdog Butler Gains Final Four

West Regional No. 5 seed topples K-State, will play 5 miles from campus

(Newser) - Butler has earned a trip home for the Final Four. Gordon Hayward made a driving layup with under a minute to go, and the fifth-seeded Bulldogs used the same tenacious defense they exhibited all game in the closing seconds to knock off second-seeded Kansas State , 63-56, in the West Regional... More »

Duke, Michigan St. Round Out Final Eight

No. 1 Blue Devils top Purdue; Spartans oust N. Iowa

(Newser) - Top-seeded Duke pulled away in tonight’s second half to eliminate No. 4 Purdue, 70-57, and claim its spot in the final eight of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The Blue Devils (32-5) are one of only two No. 1 seeds left in the dance—Kentucky, in the East... More »

Tennessee, Baylor Move Into Final Eight

Vols upset No. 2 Ohio State; Bears bounce St. Mary's

(Newser) - Sixth seed Tennessee upset No. 2 Ohio State tonight, winning 76-73 to secure a place in the final eight of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. The Volunteers (28-8) will face Michigan State in Sunday’s Midwest Regional final, with a trip to the Final Four on the line. More »

Kansas State Clips Xavier in 2OT Thriller

Second seed comes out on top in back-and-forth classic

(Newser) - Second-seeded Kansas State survived a stiff challenge from No. 6 Xavier tonight, with the teams trading punches into a second overtime, where the Wildcats pulled out a 101-96 victory in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. Kansas State (29-7) will face another upstart, fifth-seeded Butler, on Saturday, with a trip to... More »

Kentucky Ends Cornell Run

Top seed builds huge lead, holds off Ivy champ late

(Newser) - Top-seeded Kentucky took a huge halftime lead tonight, then held off a game effort from No. 12 Cornell to win, 62-45, and end the Big Red's surprising run in the NCAA men's basketball tournament. The Wildcats (35-2) advanced to the tourney's final eight, and will play No. 2 seed West... More »

Butler Bounces No. 1 Syracuse

West Virginia subdues Washington, moves into last 8

(Newser) - Syracuse became the second No. 1 seed to tumble out of the NCAA men's basketball tournament, losing tonight to fifth-seeded Butler, 63-59. The Bulldogs (31-4) advance to the tourney's final eight; one more victory and they would play in the Final Four in their home city, Indianapolis. Butler will No.... More »

Autistic Teen's NCAA Bracket Perfect Thus Far

Alex Hermann's 48 game streak carries 1 in 13,460,000 odds

(Newser) - Alex Hermann is 17 years old, autistic, and has picked the correct winner of every one of the 48 games of the NCAA men’s basketball tournament played so far—including three far-fetched upsets. An online odds-maker puts the likelihood of Hermann’s feat at 1 in 13,460,000,... More »

Cornell Shocks Wisconsin, Gains Sweet 16

Big Red will face Kentucky; Ohio State outlasts Ga. Tech

(Newser) - Louis Dale scored 26 points, Ryan Wittman added 24, and No. 12 seed Cornell upset fourth-seeded Wisconsin, 87-69, today in Jacksonville, becoming the first Ivy League team since Penn in 1979 to advance to the round of 16.The Big Red (27-8) will play top-seeded Kentucky in the East Regional... More »

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